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Environmentalists Seek Reduction In Emission Footprints

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Some environmentalists have advocated the need for a reduction in emission footprints as part of the solution to the current global economic and environment crises.
They advocated this at the 6th edition of the Africa Cleanup Conference in Calabar, with the theme “The People, The Planet, The Green and Circular Economy.”
The Tide’s source reports that the two-day conference, which climaxed on Sunday with an award ceremony and dinner night, saw the various speakers listing the benefits of moving from linear economy to circular economy.
The environmentalists highlighted the need for a concerted effort to change the present statutue by both the government and private sector in a bid to ensure a safety environment and healthy well-being of the citizens.
One of then, Mr Chidiebere Emmanuel, said the present economy of take-make use-dispose was no longer sustainable as the economy had become large when compared with the natural ecosystem.
Speaking on the topic, “Existing Relationship Between Green Economy and Circular Economy: Leveraging on Opportunities for Growth and Expansion,” he noted that Green and Circular economy were the way out.
Emmanuel said the impact of COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of the relationship between man and nature.
According to him, nature is in crisis and thus placing human and planetary health at risk.
“It reminds us that the profound consequences to our well-being and survival that can result from continued biodiversity loss and the degradation of ecosystem.
“It also reflects the fact that the risk of emergence and spread of infectious diseases increases as nature is destroyed,” he said.
Emmanuel continued that changes that would ensure the well-being and economic prosperity of the present and future generations in a healthy environment were needed.
“That change is Green Economy one that can generate growth and improvements in the people lives in ways consistent with sustainable development.
“Green economy is now seen as a potential solution to the current global environment and economic crises and a potential mechanism by which sustainable development might be achieved,” he explained.
Similarly, Ms Temitope Dosumu, Commercial Manager of Geocycle, a subsidiary of Lafarge Africa Pls, said there were numerous inherent benefits of waste recycling.
Dosumu, who spoke on the topic, “Circular Economy: Managing Waste Through Co-Processing”, said of the 58 million tonnes of waste generated annually, 90 per cent were not properly dumped and thereby causing environmental challenges.
According to her, “Geocycle manages more than 10 million tonnes of wastes annually thus making a tangible contribution to bringing society a step closer to a zero-waste future.”
She said some of the inherent benefits of waste recycling were job creation, technological development and safer environment, among others.
In his submission, Dr Ola Oresanya, who spoke on the topic, “The Role of Government in Driving Green and Circular Economy,” advocated that private sector should be the driver of the process.
“Government cannot be the regulator and driver of the process,” he said.

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PHEDC Confirms Electrocution Of Official In Calabar

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The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC), has confirmed the electrocution of one of its members of staff in Calabar.
Regional Manager, PHEDC, Mr Collins Igwe, confirmed the incident in an interview with The Tide’s source in Calabar, saying it occurred on Wednesday.
Igwe explained that the incident occurred while the victim was carrying out electrical works on the Muritala Mohammed highway in Calabar.
He said the victim was alive as he was taken to the Navy hospital for treatment.
“The man was electrocuted on duty but did not die as many had alleged but was revived and taken to the Navy Reference hospital for proper checkup and treatment.
“What happened was one of the hazards of the job, we thank God that he survived. He will be discharged later in the day.
“I am aware of the rumours that have gone round town that the man was electrocuted and died at the spot but it is not true.
“He was brought down by his colleagues, revived and taken to the hospital for better care,” he said.

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UBEC Begins 2022 Assessment Of C’River Schools

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The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has commenced the 2022 National Assessment of Learning Achievements in Basic Education (NALABE) for Cross River State schools.
Team Lead for 2022 NALABE in Cross River State, Mrs Zipporah Panguru, said the 3-day exercise would hold in some selected public and private primary and junior secondary schools.
Panguru said the essence of the exercise was to assess learners’ performance.
She said the aim was to know if the money the federal and state governments were investing in education sector was yielding the desired results.
According to her, if yes, they would improve on it and if no, it will enable government at all levels adopt strategies that will address the challenges.
“The students will be tested in four core subjects of English, Mathematics, Social studies and Basic science, however, this exercise is not for fault finding but to test the learner’s ability.
“80 schools have been selected in the state and the test will be administered to 30 learners from Primary 3 to 5 and those in JSS 2”, she said.
Senator Stephen Odey, Executive Chairman, Cross River Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said NALABE was important for the development of the basic education sector.
Odey, who was represented by SUBEB’s Director of Administration, Mr Etta Inyang, enjoined field officers to conduct the exercise diligently to ensure a realistic and authentic outcome.
“Your reports have to reflect the true position of things in the field, those who compromise will be hindering the development of the basic education sector in the State.
“NALABE is a feedback mechanism tool that will enable government address challenges where any in teaching and learning,” Odey said.

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Bayelsa Wants Prompt Action On Boundary Dispute With Rivers

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Bayelsa State Government has called on the National Boundary Commission, (NBC) to expedite action on the resolution of boundary dispute between Bayelsa and Rivers States to enhance peaceful co-existence between them.
The State’s Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, made the call while declaring open a town hall meeting and ethnographic study with respect to the communities along Bayelsa and Delta inter-state boundary in Yenagoa.
According to him, peace will be elusive if the Commission does not first of all address issues of equity, justice and fairness in resolving boundary conflicts.
He said while it was commendable for the Commission to seek peaceful resolution of the impacted communities of Bayelsa and Delta States, it should rather focus on addressing the age-long boundary dispute between the two sister states of Bayelsa and Rivers.
The Deputy Governor, who is the Chairman of the State Boundary Committee, underscored the need for all parties to come together to dialogue in resolving their differences, noting that without equity there can be no peace and development.
“The issue of boundary dispute that is stinging us the most is between Bayelsa and Rivers states. I want the National Boundary Commission to fast-track the resolution of that boundary dispute.
“We don’t see much that is stinging us in the impacted communities between Bayelsa and Delta States. If there is no equity, there will be no peace. I have always enjoined the NBC to ensure equity in the resolution of boundary conflicts.
“We must bring all who have a role to play in the meeting; traditional rulers, community development chairmen, youths, women and other stakeholders towards proffering solutions and ensuring lasting peaceful and harmonious co-existence”, he said.
In his remarks, member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency, Hon. Fred Agbedi, appealed to all boundary communities between Agge in Ekeremor Local Government Area and Okia in Delta State to continually maintain peace and bring to the attention of government all issues affecting them.
In his address, Director General of the National Boundary Commission, represented by Mr. Femi Oshinaike, a Director in the Commission, said the town hall meeting was organized to inform residents of contesting communities along the Bayelsa and Delta inter-state boundary about the boundary definition process.
Oshinaike noted that the meeting was to provide them with the opportunity to air their opinions in order to reach a consensus before the physical demarcation exercise takes place.
While speaking with newsmen on the boundary dispute between Bayelsa and Rivers States, Mr Oshinaike explained that the Commission was doing everything to ensure equity in the demarcation of the boundary between the two states.
Also in his address, Senior Research Officer, Mr Balogun Samson gave an overview of the current situation between Bayelsa and Delta State boundaries.
He said the recent crisis between neighboring communities of Agge in Bayelsa and Okia in Delta necessitated the intervention by the Commission to bring stakeholders together to resolve their issues amicably.
In his contribution, Consultant in the Commission, Mr Abdulfatia Adediran, noted that dialogue remains the best option in addressing contending cross border issues between communities and states to make for even development.
Also speaking, the Head of Administration, Ekeremor Local Government Area, Mr Duyin Peter, thanked the State goveyrnment and the Commission for their efforts at ensuring peaceful resolution of the proximate communities, promising to support the process in achieving peace.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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